The Centre for Community Partnerships was founded to develop, with community organizations, partnerships that are defined, sustainable and action-oriented for students on all three University of Toronto campuses. These partnerships have a dual aim to build educational capacity within communities of the GTA and Peel regions, and to enhance and broaden student learning. Through the establishment of academic and co-curricular service opportunities, students enhance their learning of the social, cultural, ethical, and political dimensions of civic life.
Meet Our Team!
As Director for the Centre for Community Partnerships, Lisa Chambers is responsible for providing leadership to the Centre’s service-learning and community service initiatives as well as University-community partnerships. Most recently, Lisa served as Programme Advisor at Hart House. Prior to coming to the University of Toronto, Lisa served as the Executive Director for Michigan Campus Compact, an association of Michigan college and university presidents allied to promote citizenship by encouraging students to engage in community service linked to scholarship. As a consultant to both the Michigan Campus Compact and to the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, Lisa led a number of state-wide initiatives focused on the civic engagement movement in higher education. Prior to that, she held student affairs positions at Kent State University (Ohio) and at St. Norbert College (Wisconsin). Lisa obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and her Master of Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Program of Study: Double major in Biodiversity & Conservation Biology, and Psychology, and a Minor in Environment & Science
Role: Alternative Reading Week Community Contact Liaison
Goal for this year: Connect Alternative Reading Week Project Leaders to their Community Partners, and help them understand the importance of their project(s) in the context of the community organization and the overall York South Weston community.
Role: Alternative Reading Week Program Assistant
Program: Physics & Philosophy
What do you wish to accomplish at the CCP? I want to help students connect with each other and with their communities. I love being at the CCP because I get to watch students learn so much about themselves and the people around them, all while growing to become amazing leaders in their own communities!
Role at the CCP: Program Assistant for Middle School Mentorship Program
What I wish to accomplish at the CCP: Help inner-city kids feel healthy, confident and valued through mentorship!
Role: Special Projects
Year and Program of Study: 5th year; Equity Studies, Political Science, Diaspora & Transnational Studies
What you hope to accomplish at the CCP: My contribution to the CCP this year will focus in creating Special Projects that will engage the university’s highly involved students, as well as creating more opportunities for students searching for their first community engagement experience.
I am extremely interested in making equity a fundamental aspect of the programing that I will be helping develop and deliver. However my goal is to make sure that we include equity education in ways that are accessible and fun while still being critical of societal structures that affect the well being of our school, city and country. The Special Projects team is looking forward to building rewarding collaborations with student groups on campus, as well as connecting with visionary social initiatives in the city.
My title at the CCP this year is “Special Projects Assistant”, along with the lovely Mariajosé My role as Special Projects Assistant involves a lot of discussion and organizing and planning of a variety of community based events throughout the year to help students who aren’t so familiar with the idea of service-learning and community development, and really want to find a way to get involved. With this amazing opportunity to support our University community and the City of Toronto through these initiatives, I hope that I learn some better time management skills and organization skills. That’s the boring stuff, though. I am mostly looking forward to working with such an awesome group of peers and an amazing support of staff. We’ve already had so much fun and so many wonderful discussions together, and the year just started! I am very pleased to be associated with this beautiful little community.
Role: TDSB Tutors in the High School Program Assistant
Program of study: Physical and Environmental Geography major, double minor in French and Political Science
What do you wish to accomplish at the CCP: I hope to continue to grow as a person by getting involved and being an active citizen in our community. I want to be able to use the skills and tools I have gained at the University of Toronto to serve and work with all the great community partnerships we have at the CCP.
Stephanie Wang (Steph is totally cool too!)
Role: Program and Training Development Assistant
Year and program: 4th year kinesiology and global health student
What I hope to accomplish: As a member of the CCP community, I am keen to work alongside incredibly talented teammates who are passionate about the Toronto community. I am excited to be inspired, to grow personally and to collaborate. I will be in charge of developing a community-engaged learning placement for UofT students at Health Out Loud, a non-profit organization and soon-to-be charity. As one of the founders of the grassroots initiative, I can’t wait to create a meaningful experience for students, including training and reflection. I am excited to receive feedback and grow!
Role: Promotions & Communications Assistant
Year and program: 4th year Equity Studies and Philosophy
What I hope to accomplish: I have an awesome position of working with everyone of the team in different ways from putting up posters in various areas on campus, writing Facebook posts about community engagement driven events, developing weekly newsletters to creating this new blog! Although, what I want to focus on is increasing CCP’s presence within the UofT community and in social media at large. We have so many programs, workshops and events that enebales students, like my peers above and myself, to excel academically and in our personal development while also getting involved in our communities. It is such a dynamic space to be a part of! Come visit us!
Project Assistant, Community Development & Co-Curricular Community Engaged Learning
As the Project Assistant, Jennifer supports the work of both the community development and co-curricular engagement portfolios. With experience working in the non-profit area coupled with various roles in the department of student life at U of T, she strives to inspire students to get involved and engaged on and off campus. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Toronto and was a student who was deeply impacted and motivated by both course-based and co-curricular community-engaged learning opportunities. She is passionate about helping people achieve their goals and applies her life skills coaching experience, wherever possible.